If there’s one person who’s been on everyone’s radar lately when it comes to chic, jet-setter dressing, it’s Mrs. Amal Clooney. The international law and human rights lawyer based in London has one of the most enviable wardrobes around; plus, she is undeniably the queen of work wear.
Embrace the Trench
A trench in any material is a worthy investment. We love how Amal’s heavier trench is contrasted against her cream colors and the poppy accents in her bag and shoes. If you live in warmer temps, go with something cotton, or if you’re stuck in snow most of the year, go with something more wool-based. Either way, the topper works pretty much year-round to make outfits look more professional — even when you’re wearing another Amal Clooney favorite, trouser jeans.
Use your personal style icons as inspiration. A huge fan of Bridget Bardot or of Audrey Hepburn? Don’t be scared to bring that into your work wardrobe as Amal does here with a Jackie O-inspired outfit. She uses influences and puts her own spin on them. Round bag, large sunglasses, demure length dress — all fit for royalty, whether it’s the Duchess of Cambridge or the Queen of Camelot.
Don't Skirt the Rules
Now that inspiration is flowing, be sure to use caution when looking at lengths. We love how Amal takes this Gucci look off the runway and wears it as appropriate for her legal job, mostly thanks in part to a midi-length skirt. This camel suede one will serve you well as the ‘70s continues to trend forward, and we’ve added a more conservative cardigan for moments when you need to have your arms covered. Know your HR department’s rules and adhere to them, but have fun within those constraints.
The evolution of ladies’ suiting is finally in full swing and we’d like to give some credit to Amal Clooney, who most likely has to wear suiting for most of her work week. While most lawyers in America only have to wear suiting when they’re in court, it’s still an investment piece that can pay off if you get the right one. And that means trying them on, getting them tailored or altered to your tastes and lengths, and investing in rich, comfortable fabrics that work for your office. We also like how Mrs. Clooney plays with her blouse under her suit — it doesn’t always have to be a white button down.
Don’t be afraid of color or print. Again, knowing your HR guidelines is key here, but unless it says you have to stay to a neutral palette, branch out! Almal Clooney’s knee length, three quarter sleeve dress is appropriate for work, most likely due to her relationship with her tailor to make sure the dress fits her exactly as she would like. Again, she pairs it with simple slingbacks and a tote that can hold all her work papers and files, making her look all business but still lively and chic.